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Great Blues Harp Players 1927 - 1936


Genres: Country Blues, Blues harmonica.

Informative booklet notes by Howard Rye.
Detailed discography.

Review by Scott Yanow:

Although one may think of the blues harp beginning with Little Walter, the first Sonny Boy Williamson, or Sonny Terry, a variety of harmonica players did record in the '20s. Some of their recordings were technical displays that featured them imitating everything from animals to trains, while other players were more blues-oriented. This valuable CD has two selections from the guitar-harmonica team of William Francis and Richard Sowell; Ollis Martin's Police and High Sheriff Come Ridin' Down; six pieces by Eli Watson (including El Watson's Fox Chase); two cuts apiece by Palmer McAbee, Ellis Williams, Alfred Lewis, and the team of Smith & Harper (which is the only music on this CD recorded after 1930); plus four songs/displays from Blues Birdhead (including Get up off That Jazzophone) and George "Bullet" Williams (highlighted by Frisco Leaving Birmingham and The Escaped Convict). Fascinating music.

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Too Late Too Late Vol 11 1924 - 1939

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